Lockport Union-Sun & Journal —
NEWFANE — April 1 is the roll-out date for the town's new every-other-week recycling program.
Property owners will be able to pick up their new wheeled, lidded recycling carts between March 25 and March 29.
Recycling days, determined by the neighborhood, will be listed in the town newsletter that comes out April 1.
The carts will have several high-tech features that bring recycling into the 21st century, town supervisor Tim Horanburg said.
“The trucks are able to electronically detect the contents of the bins, whether they're full of garbage or recyclables,” he said. Bins full of garbage will not be picked up.
The carts are also equipped with electronic chips that allow their location to be tracked.
“We'll be able to tell where the bins are in town after they're dispersed. They'll stay with the town if a family moves,” Horanburg said.
The town will borrow up to $185,000 to purchase 3,660 carts. The debt could be offset by any state or county aid offered for making the transition.
A public hearing on the cart purchase was held before the town's monthly business meeting Wednesday. Questions from Newfane residents included one about the pins on the carts deteriorating with time and use.
“We've purchased additional pins in case of breakage,” Horanburg said. Town employees have also been instructed how to repair the bins. A few extra carts will be purchased in case of accidents, or for large families that may need a second cart.
“We fully understand that there might be some issues the first few weeks of recycling pickup,” Horanburg said. “We encourage residents to give us a call if there's any issues. ... I think it should work smoothly.”
The every-other-week recycling program is in place in most towns in eastern Niagara County now. The carts hold all types of recyclable materials — paper, metal, glass and plastic — with no separation required. A recycling do's and don'ts guide is printed on the lid of each cart.
Modern Corp., the town's recycling hauler, will staff a public information meeting about recycling from 9 a.m. to noon March 15 at the town hall.
Refuse pickup in the town will remain weekly.